CRM reaches 100 members!

The CRM recently welcomed 4 new CRM members: Tony Tsai (Developmental Biology), Yao Chen (Neuroscience), Tristan Li (Neuroscience), and Michelle Oyen (BME), bringing our member count to 100!

CRM Co-Director Elected to National Academy of Engineering

CRM Co-Director, Farsh Guilak PhD, was elected to the National Academy of Engineering for “contributions to regenerative medicine and mechanobiology and their application to the development of clinical therapies.” Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. Congratulations, Farsh, on this richly-deserved honor.

FGFR Syndromes virtual symposium planned

A virtual symposium on FGFR syndromes is planned for March 17-18, 2022. Dave Ornitz, who is a member of the Born a Hero Medical Advisory Board, will be presenting.

Kroll lab research featured in NPR podcast and AP article (Links to an external site)

Research from the Kroll lab (Developmental Biology) was recently featured in an article from the Associated Press and The Takeaway podcast from NPR. This research, done in collaboration with Joe Dougherty’s lab, describes creating mouse models and iPSC lines carrying mutations for a patient’s mutations in MYT1L, to better understand autism. NPR podcast –

Greenberg awarded tenure

Congratulations to Michael Greenberg, PhD (Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics), who was promoted to associate professor with the granting to tenure!

Joint Developmental Biology/DRSCB Graduate Program Retreat

Contributed by Dana Shaw, PhD and Jiameng Sun After almost two years since the last in-person inaugural Joint Retreat and one year since we joined for the second annual Joint Retreat over Zoom, the third annual Joint Retreat featuring the department of Developmental Biology (DB); the Developmental, Regenerative, and Stem Cell Biology (DRSCB) graduate program, […]

Call for Seed Grants

The CRM is pleased to call for applications for our 1-year, $50,000 (direct costs) seed grants, focused on diverse areas of regenerative medicine. All areas are eligible, with special consideration given to: Human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs) Newly initiated interdisciplinary collaborations among CRM members The intersection of precision medicine and regenerative medicine Translational and/or entrepreneurial […]

HCTO is Hiring! (Links to an external site)

The Human Cells, Tissues, and Organoids Core has an immediate opening for a Research Tech II. This is a great opportunity for someone with a BA/BS to work on multiple exciting stem cell projects. or go to WUSTL jobs and search for JR60220.

Millman and Morris awarded tenure

Congratulations to Jeff Millman, PhD (Endocrinology) and Sam Morris, PhD (Genetics and Developmental Biology) who were both promoted to associate professor with tenure!

Postbaccalaureate program launched (Links to an external site)

Together with the Department of Developmental Biology, we are thrilled to announce the official launch of our postbaccalaureate program. This is a 2-year, fully-funded program designed to provide recent graduates with immersive research opportunities and additional professional development. Applications are open until March 31, 2021. See for full details.

Early Career Kidney Disease & Regenerative Medicine Seed Grants Awarded

Drs. Jeannine Basta (Nephrology) and Brian Wong (Surgery) were awarded our Early Career Kidney Disease & Regenerative Medicine Seed Grants, which were offered in collaboration with the Division of Nephrology. Dr. Basta will work on the role of SWI/SNF component Brg1 in chromatin regulation of proximal tubule cells after AKI and Dr. Wong will focus […]

New Director of HCTO Named

We are pleased to announce the hiring of Kuo-Chan Weng, PhD, as the new Director of our Human Cells, Tissues, and Organoids Core. KC brings 10 years of experience working with human pluripotent stem cells. We are grateful to our former Director, Mariana Beltcheva, PhD, for many years of dedicated service.

Congrats to DB/DRSCB Retreat presentation award winners

Congratulations the the postdocs and students who won awards for their talks at the recent joint DB/DRSCB retreat. Prizes were sponsored by the CRM. Rita Levi-Montalcini Awards for Best Student Presentation – Margaret Hayne (DiAntonio Lab); Runner up: Bisiayo Fashemi (Mysorekar Lab); Victor Hamburger Awards for Best Postdoc Presentation – Andrea Scharf (Kornfeld Lab); Runner […]

Early Career Kidney Disease & Regenerative Medicine Seed Grants RFA

The CRM is partnering with the Division of Nephrology to offer 2 1-year, $20,000 seed grants that focus on the intersection of regenerative medicine and kidney disease. These awards are open to WUSTL early career investigators (postdocs, instructors, assistant professors who have not received significant independent funding). Full details can be found in the attached […]

Developmental Biology & DRSCB Program meet for virtual joint retreat

The Department of Developmental Biology and the Development, Regeneration, and Stem Cell Biology PhD Program met for their second annual virtual retreat on October 8-9. The virtual retreat featured talks from trainees and faculty. Thanks to DRSCB students Laura Fischer and Maple Adkins-Threats for organizing, with help from Aaron Johnson and Helen McNeill.

Samantha Morris named NYSCF Robertson Investigator (Links to an external site)

Samantha Morris PhD, Assistant Professor of Developmental Biology and of Genetics, was named a Robertson Investigator of the New York Stem Cell Foundation. The NYSCF Investigator Program fosters and encourages promising early career scientists whose cutting-edge research holds the potential to accelerate treatments and cures. Dr. Morris will use the $1.5 million award to continue […]

Open search for Rita Levi-Montalcini Postdoctoral Fellows in Regenerative Medicine (Links to an external site)

We are thrilled to announce that we are looking for outstanding candidates for our Rita Levi-Montalcini Postdoctoral Fellows in Regenerative Medicine program. These 2-year fellowships come with salary, travel funds, and research funds. Full details can be found by going to About > Rita Levi-Montalcini Postdoctoral Fellowship. Review of applications will begin August 30.

Aaron DiAntonio receives Javits Neuroscience Investigator Award from NINDS

Aaron DiAntonio (Department of Developmental Biology) received a Javits Neuroscience Investigator Award (R37) from the NINDS. Recipients must be nominated by NINDS staff and demonstrate significant, paradigm-shifting contributions to the NINDS mission. The award converts a standard R01 into a 7-year grant. Congratulations, Aaron!

Welcome Matthew Ishahak, Rita Levi-Montalcini Postdoctoral Fellow

On June 1 the CRM welcomed its first Rita Levi-Montalcini Postdoctoral Fellow, Matthew Ishahak. Matthew completed his PhD at the University of Miami, and is joining the lab of CRM member Jeffrey Millman, where he will use his expertise in microfluidics to study stem cell-derived beta cell therapies for diabetes. Welcome, Matthew!

Matt Wood receives first R01 from NINDS

Matthew Wood (Assistant Professor of Surgery) received his first R01 from NINDS, titled “T cell roles in regeneration across nerve graft alternatives.” Congrats, Matt!

Musculoskeletal Biology and Regenerative Medicine Meeting Postponed

With the health and safety of the entire community in mind, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the Musculoskeletal Biology and Regenerative Medicine meeting (scheduled for May 28-29, 2020) until May 2021. Once we have confirmed a new date, additional emails will be sent out. Stay safe and healthy.

Welcome to Rowan Karvas, CRM Fellow in the Theunissen Lab

The CRM and the Theunissen Lab welcome Rowan Karvas PhD as a new CRM Fellow in Regenerative Medicine. Rowan received her PhD from the University of Missouri and will work on engineering 3D microenvironments to model early human development. Welcome, Rowan!

Samantha Morris named WUSM Distinguished Investigator

Samantha Morris (Developmental Biology and Genetics) was named a WUSM Distinguished Junior Investigator, for outstanding contributions to science. An award ceremony will be held on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at 5:00 pm in the Eric P. Newman Education Center (EPNEC) auditorium.

Thorold Theunissen receives NIH New Innovator Award (Links to an external site)

Thorold Theunissen, Assistant Professor of Developmental Biology, received the prestigious NIH DP2/New Innovator Award for his project “Resolving epigenetic instability during pluripotent state transitions: a roadmap for exploiting the biomedical potential of dynamic human stem cell states”.

Mayssa Mokalled receives first R01

Mayssa Mokalled, assistant professor of Developmental Biology, received her first R01 from NIH/NINDS for her project entitled “Mechanisms of glial bridging and neurogenesis during spinal cord regeneration in zebrafish”.

Kaufman lab receives first R01

Congrats to Chuck Kaufman (Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine) on receiving his first NCI-funded R01using zebrafish to understand how melanoma is initiated.

CRM/DB Postdoc Appreciation Lunch

Join us at Shaffer Courtyard at noon on September 19. RSVP to Mayssa Mokalled by August 30 to join.

Guilak lab postdoc receives K99/R00 from NIAMS

Chia-Lung Wu, a postdoc in Farsh Guilak’s lab, was awarded a highly-competitive K99/R00 from NIAMS to understand the epigenetic regulation of chondrogenesis during development and directed differentiation.

Gretchen Meyer receives first R01 from NIAMS

Gretchen Meyer, Assistant Professor in Physical Therapy, received her first R01 from NIAMS, entitled, Promoting Muscle Regeneration Through Adipose Signaling.

Save the date! (Links to an external site)

The Center of Regenerative Medicine and the Musculoskeletal Research Center are teaming up for a second Musculoskeletal Biology & Regeneration Meeting, May 28-29, 2020. Keynotes by Vicki Rosen (Harvard) and Sean Morrison (UT Southwestern), abstract talks, and poster sessions!

Lavine receives PECASE award (Links to an external site)

Kory Lavine MD, PhD (Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiology) has received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the US government for early career researchers. Congrats, Kory!

Paper from Humphreys & Morris labs featured in ‘The Best of Cell Stem Cell 2018’ (Links to an external site)

The recent collaborative paper from the Humphreys and Morris labs, titled ‘Comparative Analysis and Refinement of Human PSC-Derived Kidney Organoid Differentiation with Single-Cell Transcriptomics’ was featured in ‘The Best of Cell Stem Cell 2018.’ The most-highly accessed papers of 2018 were included in this special issue.  Congrats to everyone on the team!

New Postdoctoral Fellowship Program Announced (Links to an external site)

We are thrilled to announce that we are looking for outstanding candidates for our newly-created Rita Levi-Montalcini Postdoctoral Fellows program. These 2-year fellowships come with salary, travel funds, and research funds. Full details can be found by going to About > Rita Levi-Montalcini Postdoctoral Fellowship. Review of applications will begin July 15.

Bioinformatics Position Open

The Center of Regenerative Medicine has an immediate opening for a bioinformatician to join our team. Collaborate with numerous CRM labs on exciting projects. We’d love to find someone with single cell and/or epigenomics experience and a MS or PhD. Go to and search for Job ID 43692 to apply.

4th Annual Regenerative Medicine Symposium

On March 12, the Center of Regenerative Medicine hosted the 4th Annual Regenerative Medicine Symposium. We kicked things off with a poster session, followed by talks from our current Phil and Sima Needleman Fellows in Regenerative Medicine. The program concluded with a keynote lecture from Arturo Alvarez-Buylla (UCSF) on neurogenesis in adult mammals. Fellows, their […]